Distributed November 9, 2000
For Immediate Release
News Service Contact: Mark Nickel

Stephen Robert

Ruth J. Simmons is an inspiring intellectual leader of great integrity

Stephen Robert, chancellor of Brown University, chaired the Presidential Selection Committee. A 1962 graduate of Brown University, Robert is a trustee of the Corporation of Brown University and chairman of Robert Capital Management LLC, New York.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Chancellor Stephen Robert released the following statement about the appointment of Ruth J. Simmons as the University’s 18th president:

This is an historic and a momentous occasion not only for Brown but also for the entire Ivy League and for higher education in America. Dr. Simmons is the first African-American to be named to the presidency of an Ivy League institution. A pioneer herself, she is joining a university that prides itself on a tradition of innovation and leadership.

We see in Dr. Simmons an intellectual leader who understands the importance of a great undergraduate education and the difference it can make in the lives of young women and men. We see a woman who appreciates what is unique about Brown’s educational philosophy.

Her integrity and deep commitment to the causes she champions match her distinguished career in higher education. It is no surprise that she has emerged as a national spokesperson for liberal education and for the ethic of civic responsibility. Dr. Simmons inspires trust and confidence and exudes personal warmth and strength of character.

I want to publicly acknowledge the enormous debt of gratitude which the Brown community owes to Interim President Sheila Blumstein. President Blumstein has kept the University on a steady course and an even keel for the last nine months and will continue to serve through June. She has our affection, admiration, thanks and respect.


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